HOW TO MAKE… A KNIT­TED PO­LAR BEAR

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MA­TE­RI­ALS

Q Cygnet Se­ri­ously Chunky yarn, 100% acrylic, 100g/48m per ball, 10 balls in Cream (288) ( Yarn A) and one ball in Black (217) ( Yarn B) Q 9mm (UK 00, US 13) knit­ting nee­dles, 33cm (13") long, or cir­cu­lar nee­dles used as straight nee­dles Q Two 2.5cm (1") toy safety eyes Q Soft toy stuff­ing Q Yarn needle Q Scrap yarn mark­ers in two dif­fer­ent colours ( Yarn C and Yarn D) Q Pom pom maker

TEN­SION

8 sts and 11 rows to 10cm (4") on 9mm nee­dles. This is not the stan­dard ten­sion for this yarn, but the ten­sion needed for the project. Knit a ten­sion square be­fore start­ing and ad­just your needle size if needed, as knit­ting in the wrong ten­sion could use ad­di­tional yarn.

AB­BRE­VI­A­TIONS (UK)

st(s) stitch(es) k knit kfb knit into the front and back of the same st, in­creas­ing from one to two sts kfbf knit into the front, back and front again of the same st, in­creas­ing from one to three sts p purl skpo slip a st, knit a st, pass slipped st over, de­creas­ing by one st k2­tog knit two sts to­gether, de­creas­ing by one st turn turn mid­way through a row RS right side WS wrong side

FIN­ISHED SIZE

Ap­prox. 80 x 100cm (31 x 393/ 8") If you want to win a lit­tle one over this Christ­mas, there’s no bet­ter gift than this po­lar bear, guar­an­teed to be the big­gest cud­dly toy in their bed­room by a mile. Kids can use him as a throw to keep warm on win­ter nights, snug­gle up to him on the sofa, or lie him on the floor for cosy toes.

Worked in su­per chunky yarn on 9mm nee­dles, this over­sized plushie will knit up in no time at all. We’ve used acrylic yarn to keep him af­ford­able (and hard-wear­ing), but you could swap it out for a more tac­tile nat­u­ral yarn in­stead – it de­pends how of­ten you think he’ll visit the wash­ing ma­chine. In­struc­tions When sewing the sec­tions to­gether, pull the yarn tightly to se­cure them. If you’re mak­ing this for a young child, we’d rec­om­mend em­broi­der­ing on the eyes or sewing on scraps of felt in­stead. Head Make two, but only add the scrap yarn mark­ers to one, which will form the top side of the rug. Cast on 3 sts us­ing Yarn A and 9mm nee­dles. Row 1 (RS) k Row 2 and all even rows un­less oth­er­wise stated, p Row 3 kfb re­peated to end (6 sts) Row 5 (kfb, k1) re­peated to end (9 sts) Row 7 (kfb, k2) re­peated to end (12 sts) Row 9 k Row 11 k Row 13 k Row 15 (kfb, k2) re­peated to end (16 sts) Row 17 k Row 19 (kfb, k3) re­peated to end (20 sts) Row 20 p, adding scrap yarn mark­ers in Yarn C to the 6th and 14th sts Row 21 k Row 23 (kfb, k4) re­peated to end (24 sts) Row 25 k Row 27 k Row 29 k Row 30 p, adding scrap yarn mark­ers in Yarn D to the 4th, 10th, 15th and 21st sts Row 31 k Row 33 (k4, k2­tog) re­peated to end (20 sts) Row 35 (k3, k2­tog) re­peated to end (16 sts) Row 37 (k2, k2­tog) re­peated to end (12 sts) Row 39 kfbf twice, k to the last 3 sts, kfbf twice, k1 (20 sts) Row 41 kfbf twice, k to the last 3 sts, kfbf twice, k1 (28 sts) Row 43 kfbf twice, k to the last 3 sts, kfbf twice, k1 (36 sts) Front legs Rows 45-65 in­crease the sts by cast­ing on ei­ther side of the row, while Rows 67-103 cast off the rows Row 45 At the be­gin­ning of the row cast on 14 sts, k all sts (50 sts) Row 46 At the be­gin­ning of the row cast on 14 sts, p all sts (64 sts) You may find it eas­ier to switch to cir­cu­lar 9mm nee­dles at this point, as you will have a lot sts on the nee­dles. Use the cir­cu­lars as straight nee­dles. Row 47 kfb, k to the last two sts, kfb, k1 (66 sts) Row 49 kfb, k to the last two sts, kfb, k1 (68 sts) Row 51 k Row 53 k Row 55 k Row 57 k Row 59 k1, skpo, k to the last 3 sts, k2­tog, k1 (66 sts) Row 61 k1, skpo, k to the last 3 sts, k2­tog, k1 (64 sts) Row 63 cast off 20 sts, k to the end of the row (44 sts) Row 64 cast off 20 sts purl­wise, p to the end of the row (24 sts) Row 65 k1, skpo, k to the last 3 sts, k2­tog (22 sts)

Row 67 k Row 69 k Row 71 k Row 73 kfb, k to the last 2 sts, kfb, k1 (24 sts) Row 75 k Row 77 k Row 79 k Row 81 kfb, k to the last 2 sts, kfb, k1 (26 sts) Row 83 k Row 85 k Row 87 k Row 89 kfb, k to the last 2 sts, kfb, k1 (28 sts) Row 91 k Row 93 kfb, k to the last 2 sts, kfb, k1 (30 sts) Row 95 kfb, k to the last 2 sts, kfb, k1 (32 sts) Row 97 kfb, k to the last 2 sts, kfb, k1 (34 sts) Row 99 kfb, k to the last 2 sts, kfb, k1 (36 sts) Row 101 kfb twice, k to the last 3 sts, kfb twice, k1 (40 sts) Row 103 kfb twice, k to the last 3 sts, kfb twice, k1 (44 sts) Right back leg Row 105 kfb twice, k15, turn (19 sts). Place the re­main­ing 27 sts onto a stitch holder or scrap yarn to be worked later. Row 106 cast off one st purl­wise, p to the end of the row (18 sts) Row 107 kfb, k to the end of the row (19 sts) Row 108 cast off one st purl­wise, p to the end of the row (18 sts) Row 109 kfb, k to the end of the row (19 sts) Row 110 cast off 2 sts purl­wise, p to the end of the row (17 sts) Row 111 kfb, k to the end of the row (18 sts) Row 112 cast off one st purl­wise, p to the end of the row (17 sts) Row 113 k Row 114 cast off one st purl­wise, p to the end of the row (16 sts) Row 115 k Row 116 cast off one st purl­wise, p to the end of the row (15 sts) Row 117 kfb, k to the end of the row (16 sts) Row 118 cast off 2 sts purl­wise, p to the end of the row (14 sts) Row 119 k1, skpo, k to the end of the row (13 sts) Row 120 cast off 2 sts purl­wise, p to the end of the row (11 sts) Row 121 k1, skpo, k to the end of the rows (10 sts) Row 122 cast off 3 sts purl­wise, p to the end of the row (7 sts) Row 123 cast off all sts Left back leg Row 105 (sec­ond half) place the 27 sts on the stitch holder back onto the needle ready to be worked. Reat­tach the yarn and cast off 10 sts, k15, kfb twice (19 sts) Row 107 cast off one st, k to the last 2 sts, kfb, k1 (19 sts) Row 109 cast off 2 sts, k to the last 2 sts, kfb, k1 (18 sts) Row 111 cast off one st, k to the last 2 sts, kfb, k1 (18 sts) Row 113 cast off one st, k to the end of the row (17 sts) Row 115 cast off one st, k to the end of the row (16 sts) Row 117 cast off one st, k to the last 2 sts, kfb, k1 (16 sts) Row 119 cast off 2 sts, k to the last 3 sts, k2­tog, k1 (13 sts) Row 121 cast off 2 sts, k to the last 3 sts, k2­tog, k1 (10 sts) Row 123 cast off 3 sts, k to the end of the row (7 sts) Row 124 cast off purl­wise all sts Join­ing the rug Weave in all loose ends. With both

pieces of the rug WS to­gether, pin or tack. Us­ing Yarn A and mat­tress stitch, sew around the body, head and legs, leav­ing a hole on the side of the body for stuff­ing the head. Fill the head with the toy stuff­ing, fol­low­ing the shap­ing of the knit and be­ing care­ful not to over­stuff. In­sert­ing the eyes Place the eyes over the scrap mark­ers in Yarn C. Th­ese are for guid­ance only, so you can change the place­ment if you wish. Once the eyes are put in place, re­move the mark­ers and se­cure the eyes with the wash­ers. Us­ing Yarn A and mat­tress stitch, sew up the hole in the body and weave in the loose ends. Ears (make four) Cast on 9 sts us­ing Yarn A and 9mm nee­dles. Row 1 (RS) k Row 2 p Row 3 k Row 4 p Row 5 skpo, k5, k2­tog (7 sts) Row 6 p Row 7 skpo, k4, k2­tog (5 sts) Row 8 p Row 9 Cast off all sts Take two ear pan­els and with WS to­gether, pin. Us­ing Yarn A and mat­tress stitch, sew around the out­side, leav­ing the cast on edges open. Add a tiny hand­ful of stuff­ing and re­peat for the sec­ond ear. Place an ear be­tween the two scrap mark­ers in Yarn D on the right hand side of the head. Pin in place, then sew us­ing Yarn A from the cast on edge into the head. Weave in the loose ends, re­peat for the left ear and re­move mark­ers. Nose Cast on 3 sts us­ing Yarn B and 9mm nee­dles. Row 1 (RS) k Row 2 p Row 3 kfb twice, k1 (5 sts) Row 4 p Row 5 skpo, k1, k2­tog (3 sts) Row 6 p Row 7 Cast off, leav­ing a long tail. Weave in the cast on loose end. Place the nose cen­trally at the bot­tom of the snout. Sew neatly to the head us­ing the long tail left af­ter the cast off and weave in the loose end once se­cure. Claws (make twelve) Cast on 3 sts us­ing Yarn B and 9mm nee­dles. Row 1 k Row 2 k Row 3 k Row 4 k Row 5 cast off, leav­ing a long tail for sewing up. Start­ing with the front right leg, take three claws and pin to the end of the leg. Us­ing the long tails left af­ter cast­ing off, sew each claw into the leg. Re­peat for the re­main­ing legs and weave in the loose ends. Tail Us­ing Yarn A, make a pom pom fol­low­ing the in­struc­tions on the pom pom maker. Place in the cen­tre of the cast off edge be­tween the back legs, sew in place and weave in the loose ends.

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